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BE2c Nightfighter; 1:72 Airfic BE2c Nightfighter single seat conversion.
Topic Started: Jul 3 2018, 08:20 AM (199 Views)
Marklo
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I've been meaning to build this one for some time, but only getting round to starting it now. This will be mostly oob but finished in an all black RNAS home defense scheme and converted to a single seater. It may actually be a BE12 which was esssentially a factory built single seater as opposed to the field modified BE2c's.

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So starting with a nice tidied desk and some washed sprues, off we go. I don't know if you can see it from the photo but it's a lovely kit and even comes with jigs for aligning the struts.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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That looks very cool, it's easy to be ignorant of (I was...) nightfighters being a feature of this time period.

It looks a nice kit, who is it by?
Glen

On the bench:
1/16 Trumpeter T-72B1 with Kontakt ERA
1/35 AML-30 prototype
1/35 Djibouti BTR-60 with AML-90 turret
1/72 S-Models BMD w/scratch slat armour.
And about 100 other part built kits... ;)
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"The sergeant is the Army." Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Marklo
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That looks very cool, it's easy to be ignorant of (I was...) nightfighters being a feature of this time period.

It's one of those funny historical things, but it's possible to claim that they did everything for the first time in WWI, they merely refined it in WW2, as the quote goes the great war started with 1870 (cavalry charges etc) and ended as 1940 (tanks and stormtroopers) this is probably why I'm finding both the history and the machines so interesting lately.

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It looks a nice kit, who is it by?
Airfix believe it or not, their recent offerings are very good.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Love to see it, whatever stage it's at, at the next meeting :>
Glen

On the bench:
1/16 Trumpeter T-72B1 with Kontakt ERA
1/35 AML-30 prototype
1/35 Djibouti BTR-60 with AML-90 turret
1/72 S-Models BMD w/scratch slat armour.
And about 100 other part built kits... ;)
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Did a bit of painting. Sand yellow for anything that's wood, panzer grey for the metal parts, most of the airframe parts in black with battleship grey on the cowlings. I notice the kit has the BE2c and the BE12 style vertical stabilizer, need to decide which I should use, also not sure if the undersides of the wings and tail should be black or clear doped linen.

I'm trying to do as much as I can on the sprue but it feels a bit like building armour than an airplane.
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Love to see it, whatever stage it's at, at the next meeting :>
Seeing as how I live in the sticks this might not be a runner :) but I do keep meaning to try to get to a meeting at sometime in the not too distant future.
Edited by Marklo, Jul 4 2018, 08:14 AM.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Progress over the weekend. Interior in and the fuselage zipped up. Like a lot of current Airfix kits it required a surprising amount of scraping and filling.

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And now it's a single seater. Fared over the observers position and started rigging. It'll start to look better from here :)
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Joseph M

Nice one Marklo,
Will be following closely.
Cheers
Joe M
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On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2 Finished 24/4/18
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator Finished 1/7/8
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81
Ansaldo S.V.A 9 (added 24/4/18)

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Lower wing on, some more rigging. Touched up the black and the battleship grey also painted the tyres in revel anthracite, so as to differentiate from the black camo. What would we do without cocktail sticks.
Edited by Marklo, Jul 10 2018, 08:43 AM.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Joseph M

As I said, following closely.
Nice
Cheers
Joe M
Stick & String Rule O.K.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2 Finished 24/4/18
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator Finished 1/7/8
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81
Ansaldo S.V.A 9 (added 24/4/18)

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The black scheme shows every speck of dust, needs a good clean to get rid of all the specks of white plastic from the workbench.
Engine cowling, fitted, filled and painted along with the upper deck. Undercarriage fitted and rigged, but not tensioned, needs a bit of touching up too.

It's a lovely kit but a bit delicate in places, I've managed to break three parts so far, either getting them off the sprue or cleaning them up. Still coming together well.

Tail plane next, then the struts, rigging and upper wing, Decals (I'm either going to print these or hand modify the kit roundels), then the engine and Lewis gun and that's it. Looking like it might be done before the end of the month.
Edited by Marklo, Jul 12 2018, 08:06 AM.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Managed to get fairly stuck into this at the weekend. Decided to tackle the roundels by carefully over painting the white on the decal sheet with blue. Wasn't entirely happy with the red so I used a hole punch on some red decal stock in the spares bin for the centres. I decided to apply the side roundels before too much of the rigging was in the way. I'll eave the wings till later on in the build.

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Now for lots and lots of tiny little holes (76all told, I think :) )

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Wires everywhere. I'm using a .2mm line I got in my local art shop. I bought several thinner platedwires but I fnind them a bit hard to work with and seem to end up using this one on each build.

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Here it is with the upper wing attached to the centre struts and starting to thread the wires through the top wing. Airfix supply jigs for the wings, but the fit is good enough that they're largely unnecessary (would have loved to have them for the HE51) . You can just see the rudder in the foreground. Had some issues with the line between the two colours and ended up stripping it back and repainting it.

I'll fit the main struts as I rig each bay, strangely enough I'm finding this quite therapeutic :) . Then attach the rudder, which leaves the main roundels and identification number, the engine, the tail skid and the Lewis gun and some touching up/painting. (I think the battleship grey should extend past the cockpit) and it's finished.
Edited by Marklo, Jul 16 2018, 08:59 AM.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Here it is with all the wires pulled through the holes in the upper wing, found this surprisingly calming :)

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And here with the struts in place and setting. Much as I hate to admit it the best biplane jig there is, is the corner of a kit box, keeps both wings parallel and straight while they set.

The list grows shorter, might actually finish it this weekend.....
Edited by Marklo, Jul 18 2018, 08:13 AM.
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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Joseph M

Nice one Marklo,
coming together very well and a difficult paint scheme to apply.
Cheers
Joe
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2 Finished 24/4/18
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator Finished 1/7/8
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81
Ansaldo S.V.A 9 (added 24/4/18)

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coming together very well
Thanks Joe, I am pretty pleased with it so far, will look the business once all those wires are sorted out.

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and a difficult paint scheme to apply.
er no, it's Black Joe, it's all black (to paraphrase my favorite Red Dwarf scene).
On the Bench:-
BE2c Nightfighter 1:72
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild/Mk IV Heavy Tank
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane/Mig 21/Scratchbuilt 1913 Depredussin racer/ ARC-170
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